The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Jia Tolentino on how the gig economy, exemplified by startups like Lyft and Fiverr, has further normalized very low pay with no insurance or benefits. On that note, its not just freelancers: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work that has become a the new status symbol. 

The rich used to show how much they could spend on things they didn’t need. Today, a public display of productivity is the new symbol of class power


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